Little 3D Max

Working on a quick 3D lighting tutorial that may come in handy one day. It’s a pretty universal technique so you can follow along in Cinema 4D and other apps too. No special rendering engines required.

UPDATE: Here is another pic; 5 seconds to render (864 x 486).

Sci-Fi Reference Image

March 17th, 2009 @ 8:43 am
March 17th, 2009 @ 8:43 am
Look very cool! Can't wait to see it
Cityboy Studios
March 17th, 2009 @ 8:43 am
Cool. Anything Max is awesome! Looking forward to this.
March 17th, 2009 @ 8:47 am
Very nice!
March 17th, 2009 @ 8:47 am
Buccaneer Pete
March 17th, 2009 @ 8:48 am
Samuel C
March 17th, 2009 @ 8:51 am
^^ Awesome, as usual XD
March 17th, 2009 @ 8:51 am
Wow i love it! Shadows are so soft and smooth...considering you didn't use any external renderer.
Can't wait for the tutorial to be out! Thanx Andrew.
G Man
March 17th, 2009 @ 8:56 am
where is the black background? hahaha

i really want to get into 3d programs
March 17th, 2009 @ 8:56 am
We want more tutorials! come on andrew lol
March 17th, 2009 @ 9:03 am
That looks really cool
Can't wait to interepret into Blender!!
March 17th, 2009 @ 9:04 am
This is awesome! id love more 3d program based tutorial
and especially ones on how to properly light and texture things
March 17th, 2009 @ 9:06 am
Hi Andrew,

Looks interesting.
I hope it will be cool ;)

Have Fun!
Guten Tag from Germany
March 17th, 2009 @ 9:10 am
Yehaaaa 3D
March 17th, 2009 @ 9:20 am
Very Nice. Thanks for everything.
March 17th, 2009 @ 9:27 am
let me also try to arrive at something close to it.
March 17th, 2009 @ 9:30 am
Lighting Vray ? :)
March 17th, 2009 @ 9:36 am
Awesome! I've been trying to get lighting to work on my projects but either it doesn't look right, or it takes a while to render. This should defiantly help!!
March 17th, 2009 @ 9:46 am
I can't wait!!!!
March 17th, 2009 @ 9:53 am
im so glad your gonna do some 3dmax .. your the reason i bought 3dmax and now i love it . lighting is one of my worst areas .. i cant wait . thx
March 17th, 2009 @ 9:56 am
OOOOh... Cinema 4D! Thanks Andrew!
March 17th, 2009 @ 10:06 am
Cool. Don't forget the Blender headz!
March 17th, 2009 @ 10:07 am
I'm only making 1 tutorial in 3D max. You can do it with any app you want.
March 17th, 2009 @ 10:08 am
that's nice.

I look forward to see it
March 17th, 2009 @ 10:08 am
Looking forward to the day where I can choose to learn 3d Max or After Effects.
March 17th, 2009 @ 10:08 am
This might come in handy for the Meteor tutorial where you showed that you could also add Text into the scene :)
March 17th, 2009 @ 10:11 am
I'm really glad you show how to use 3DSMax. I have it and really don't know how to do much with it! Do you know of any websites that have tutorials on using 3DSMax?
Thanks for you time you put into videocopilot!
March 17th, 2009 @ 10:19 am
@Vic, here's a site with lots of 3ds Max tutorials:
March 17th, 2009 @ 10:22 am
This is so funny. The Sci-Fi channel renamed their station to SyFy (totally stupid). But they have a new logo that looks just like this. I read about the name change yesterday and saw the new logo and thought, "Man that looks awesome, I should figure out how to do that."

Thanks Mr. Kramer. Now I don't have to figure it out myself.

March 17th, 2009 @ 10:24 am
Fhanks for your tutorials
March 17th, 2009 @ 10:25 am
Looks cool again!

What does 5 secs to render mean on a PC like yours?

If some guys really wont get it, someone has to do a 3DsMax to c4d,blender again.
March 17th, 2009 @ 10:27 am
Wow! Beautiful! Can't wait!

BTW, is this little artwork of yours inspired by the new SyFy (SciFi) logo?
March 17th, 2009 @ 10:31 am
Actually Jimmy, that's exactly the reason I'm making this tutorial. But shhh, I have a good joke in the tutorial about the Sci-fi network.
March 17th, 2009 @ 10:40 am
Great, I'd love to see more tutorials in 3D Max.
March 17th, 2009 @ 10:43 am
YOU ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!
March 17th, 2009 @ 10:45 am
The top picture looks just like the render used for the re-branding announcement for the SciFi channel... or should I say SyFy.
March 17th, 2009 @ 10:48 am
Yeah q3c, that's what I was going for, but without Global Illumination. I was thinking though, I'm not sure I would like the new name (syfy) if it weren't for the nice looking graphic that went with it :)
March 17th, 2009 @ 10:52 am
Bacon flavored Video Copilot:
March 17th, 2009 @ 10:54 am
first is better then this second xd
good work.
March 17th, 2009 @ 10:54 am
Looks a little bit like an ambient occlusion render...
March 17th, 2009 @ 10:54 am
March 17th, 2009 @ 10:56 am
that looks cool, my Cinema 4d lighting skills are poor.
March 17th, 2009 @ 11:01 am
i Always had a problem figuring out how to frikkin' Render and assign materials that will make a simple title look like a Million Bucks!! it shouldnt be That hard..but it seemed like that all the time for me! :\
dunno if it was made with Vray, or Mental Ray [which are quite complex] but if not, its even more amazing u managed to get this quality without using them, Andrew :]
Cant Wait for a Tutorial like this! THANX!! :D
Sunky Jay Pedro
March 17th, 2009 @ 11:18 am
Happy 2 see you goin into 3d cos i'm so addicted to ur tutorials i cnt learn frm anyone else. Dnt blame me most teachers are up tight. Your nigerian student hails thee keep up d good work
March 17th, 2009 @ 11:56 am
we want tutorials !!!! we want tutorials !!!!!
please reaply me andrew ... Say hi to me plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz n my name s Arjun. m one of your big fan... i love Andrew...
March 17th, 2009 @ 12:02 pm
March 17th, 2009 @ 12:20 pm
beautiful.....I rely tooo much on I am exited to see what you come up with...mostly spot lights and omni's?
March 17th, 2009 @ 12:21 pm
You inspired me!
I went into blender for about five minutes with your picture in mind, and came up wit this.
March 17th, 2009 @ 12:23 pm
Hah, thanks, andrew, this looks like it'll be great!
March 17th, 2009 @ 12:24 pm
Looking forward to it, AK. It's definitely good lighting that in the 3D animation world separates the talented from the hacks. Good luck in NY.
March 17th, 2009 @ 12:30 pm
Fantastic website. Always checking your blog page, to see if there is something new. I just have a quick question, not sure if you can help, but maybe. I've started learning Maya after loads of googling about which 3D app to go with. Most said that Maya was best for the Film / Video industry, but you seem to use 3D Max is there a reason for this. Do you just prefer using 3d Max?

Many thanks !!!!!
March 17th, 2009 @ 12:31 pm
Looks great AK! Would like to see some Realflow Realwave fluids around it ;) Tut idea haha!!

March 17th, 2009 @ 12:34 pm
Cool :D!
March 17th, 2009 @ 12:41 pm
Hmmm.. I'd love me some Bacon Flavored 3DSmax.
March 17th, 2009 @ 12:57 pm
Can you tell us the name of the font you use? Looks like it is exactly the same from SyFy
March 17th, 2009 @ 1:03 pm
Nikolaus, It's a little different, but it's called Bauhas or something like that.
March 17th, 2009 @ 1:32 pm
March 17th, 2009 @ 1:33 pm
great, would definitely love seeing more 3d tutorials :)
David K.
March 17th, 2009 @ 1:35 pm
March 17th, 2009 @ 1:41 pm
Thank you Andrew. At the mean time, i try something with my NewTek LightWave :-)

Not the same font. But take a look please :-)
March 17th, 2009 @ 1:53 pm
Really nice Nikolaus, although I'm trying to do it without GI. What was your render time?
March 17th, 2009 @ 2:07 pm
Hi Andrew,

what do you mean with GI? Radiosity? I use... And my rendertime was 1 min. and 12 sec. an a X9650 CPU.

Here is a new one using one of your greate textures.
March 17th, 2009 @ 2:14 pm
and here without radiosity. took 3 sec. to render.

So, sry for posting so much here :-) You just inspire me with you post :-)
March 17th, 2009 @ 2:15 pm
Yeah Radiosity. It makes the image look great and you get the light reflecting so nicely but of course it is very slow and animations can be flickery.

Again, nice job.
March 17th, 2009 @ 2:18 pm
hehe, one of my best days... thank you for compliment ;-) So, now i will finish for today! We see us in New York!
March 17th, 2009 @ 2:22 pm
I think that motion graphics is not enough without 3DS Max
I wish you can post tutorials for 3DS Max & After Effects together.
it would be really nice
Thanks for sharing this
March 17th, 2009 @ 4:14 pm
this pic u render using Cinema 4D or 3ds max?
March 17th, 2009 @ 5:23 pm
Awesome work Andrew.

As Usual.

March 17th, 2009 @ 7:18 pm
looks gr8 Andrew! awesome work!
March 17th, 2009 @ 10:12 pm
YEEEESSSS...thank you thank you so much Mr Kramer...Ive been dying for 3D tutorials from you
March 17th, 2009 @ 11:38 pm
Hope this tutorial comes out soon, I'm a 3d specialist, still trying to learn all I can about AE, but my lighting in 3d has always been a place I could improve. Usually I just use a photometric light and FG for night or artificial light scenes, or the skylight for day scenes, but they usually take forever to render.

*waits anxiously for tutorial while eating popcorn and doing random titles for work*
March 18th, 2009 @ 12:22 am
nice and clean, i like it, 'll just give it a try
March 18th, 2009 @ 12:50 am
I took a long hard look at that SyFy render when I first saw it. It's nice to see that you must have, too.
March 18th, 2009 @ 6:38 am
I can't wait to see the tutorial!!
Thank you!
March 18th, 2009 @ 6:45 am
I'm looking forward to the tut!

Thanks, Andrew.
March 18th, 2009 @ 7:50 am
Bauhaus dessau...

no occlussion on that?
March 18th, 2009 @ 8:51 am
Wow cant wait!! all your work has been a huge help to me so far and your 3d tutorials ,only one so far though (3d vines) have given me the basics to do alot. For instance from 3d vines i was able to create most of the moving elements seen in the current sereis of T-pains videos ("Freeze", "cant beleive it" , e.t.c). Might even make a tutorial myself..nah im just kidding. Well this is just a big thank you to know your work is really appreciated.

Thank You!
March 18th, 2009 @ 5:50 pm
what font is that?
Dansoy frm the Philippines
March 18th, 2009 @ 7:06 pm

Thx 4 shrng the font... =)
nice artwork hope there will be a tuts 4 that artwork.
haha! =)

peace out! =)
March 19th, 2009 @ 6:22 am
Hey anyone know how much cost Max 3d?
March 19th, 2009 @ 10:24 am
Hi Andrew.
I’m your fan.I'm from Curitiba Brazil
In my After effects Brazil Orkut’s community we talk about you and your's tutorial.We learning so much with you.
We love you man.Keep doing this.
March 19th, 2009 @ 3:06 pm
Any idea when you think this tutorial will be ready? I would love to use this for an internal ad that is coming up at my work
March 19th, 2009 @ 6:18 pm
hey andrew,
i was wondering if you could spare some time to do some kind of Blender 3d tutorial because its kinda hard to follow the max and 4d tutorials with the blender interface. Also good tutorials for blender are few and far between.

David W.
March 21st, 2009 @ 6:09 am
I thought I posted before, but I guess not. It looks very cool Andrew, thanks for sharing it.
Muhammad Waseem Ata Attari
March 21st, 2009 @ 7:08 pm
this is looking very nice Andrew,
are you making a 3d Tutorial on any antic thing.i will be wait for that.,,,.....//.,.//,,/,//.
March 22nd, 2009 @ 5:43 am
@Nikolaus Hi! Awesome 3D. What font are you using in your test/example?
Eric Harrison
March 22nd, 2009 @ 9:18 am
Hey Andrew, yours looks great, I'm guessing you used the normal scanline renderer? Coz I don't see the readiosity/ Global illumination effect reflecting off of the font mesh.

Will you be handeling a plain version and a GI version?
March 22nd, 2009 @ 10:59 am
Andrew Kramer hello

nice work man
keep it up


March 22nd, 2009 @ 9:30 pm
Hi Andrew..
Can you find some time to teach the glass breaking effect in max...It woulld be great help...
Kadambari Creation
March 23rd, 2009 @ 1:30 am
Amazing Typography !
March 25th, 2009 @ 9:18 am
@ Samujjal.....No need for a tutorial....all you need is this --------> = Rayfire tool!!!

By the way? whens the tutorial gonna be published?
March 25th, 2009 @ 11:16 am
March 25th, 2009 @ 12:43 pm
Speaking of which check this out
March 28th, 2009 @ 7:48 pm
i like it cool!
March 30th, 2009 @ 2:45 pm
Man, Andrew, anything you do looks and sounds awesome. Dude, you are so talented, I can only wish to follow in your footsteps. Can't wait to see your new products and short film.

Take care.
March 31st, 2009 @ 1:07 am
Wow! At first time I saw that I was thinking that is not really amazing. With vray with prebake GI you can do this pretty easy. But when You put the 5 seconds per frame! I wan to see this tutorial!
Im experimenting also with dome lights.
March 31st, 2009 @ 1:34 am
I dont Know if you did this using a dome light or not. But for making domelights this is really a good script: e-light, really helpfull:
April 18th, 2009 @ 7:44 am
Will this tutorial ever come to light andrew?

I 'ope so - bacon flavoured got my mouth watering...
April 23rd, 2009 @ 11:04 am
Hey Everyone,

I am working on a project where I would like to use this technique. Is there anyone who could assist me in creating a material/scene to get this look? I have been messing with it and I am very close, but I have a few questions. Any assistance you could provide would be great. My email is steve(at)
Designer Plus
April 29th, 2009 @ 10:06 am
I was wondering the same thing? What ever happened to this tutorial...It seems rather intriguing and provides for very basic and essential lighting techniques for anyone with any skill level in 3ds..I'm sure I speak for everyone when I say, we would like to see the great Kramer's take on this....
May 4th, 2009 @ 12:59 am
Can't wait to see the tutorial, because I know that I always learn new things in your tutorials. One little question, What font have you used in these images?
May 4th, 2009 @ 11:24 am
Bring it!
Bill C.
May 4th, 2009 @ 9:38 pm
>What font have you used in these images?

Looks like Bauhaus.
May 6th, 2009 @ 6:00 pm
I offer thousand camels and free run through my Harem for this tutorial!!!
May 7th, 2009 @ 1:24 pm
can't wait !....
July 28th, 2010 @ 5:29 pm
Just watched it. Sweet and old school and repeatable in other software. I like it. This tutorial is also how I stumbled on your site.. and am glad I did.
- Niko
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